Māori Art History: Mana Taonga


Considers Maori visual art from arrival from the Pacific to the present day. Examines how artists critically negotiated current notions of identity in their work. Forms including moko, carving, weaving, architecture, film and contemporary art are explored through key ideas such as gender politics, patronage, and repatriation. Artists examined include Raharuhi Rukupo, Te Kooti, Pine Taiapa, Lisa Reihana and Ralph Hotere.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ARTHIST 238.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not offered in 2024; planned for 2025


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Ngarino Ellis

Recommended Reading

Borell, Nigel. Te Atinga: 25 Years of Contemporary Maori Art.

Neich, Roger. Carved Histories.

Mead, Hirini Moko. Te Toi Whakairo.

Pendergrast, Mick. Te Aho Tapu.

Tapsell, Paul. Pukaki.

Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia. Mau Moko.


Coursework and exam for both 2nd and 3rd Stage


ARTHIST 238: 15 points


15 points at Stage I in Art History and 30 points passed, or 45 points in BGlobalSt courses


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